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Seventeenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17)
4 - 15 May 2009
UN Headquarters, New York, US

Highlights from Wednesday, 6 May

Photo: Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, and Vivian Pliner, Secretariat, during an evening Plenary session.


Plenary Session
 
 
A brief plenary session was convened in the evening to hear progress reports from the Working Groups.
 
 
Working Group 1: Preamble, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interlinkages, Cross-Cutting Issues and Means of Implementation
 
 
Working Group 1 Co-Chairs Karie Mbuende and Tania Raguz, and Vivian Pliner, Secretariat.
 
 
Delegates consulting on the text (left photo) and the Lebanese delegation (right photo).
 
 
Delegates during the negotiations.
 
 
Delegates from Japan and the US during the discussions.
 
Working Group 2: Land, Drought, Desertification and Africa
 
 

Jimena Leiva Roesch, Guatemala, speaking for the G-77/China on drought.

 
 

Mary Rowen, US (left), and Sean Sullivan, Australia (right), intervening on the text related to desertification.

 
 
Working Group Co-Chair Ana Bianchi, Argentina, and Anja Kallmeyer, Secretariat (left photo) and members of the Secretariat (right photo).
 
 
Delegates from Iran, the Republic of Korea and Malawi.
 
Baya Bensmail, Algeria, speaking for the G-77/China on desertification.
 
Side Event: Global Partnership on Nutrient Management, organized by the US Department of State
 
 

John Matuszak, US Department of State, and Colien Hefferan, US Department of Agriculture.

 
 

 
 
Side Event: Biofuels and Food Security: Avoiding Pitfalls and Mobilizing Potentials, organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Government of Austria and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
 
 
Hans-Holger Rogner, International Atomic Energy Agency, Rachid Bencherif, OFID, and Mahendra Shah, IIASA.
 
 
Mahendra Shah introducing the release and distribution of the the OFID-IIASA main report, entitled "Biofuels and Food Security." This side event highlighted the main results of this study.
 
   

Side Event: Sustainable Consumption and Production Towards CSD 18: What are the Key Programmes for Action?

Organized by: Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with UNEP, Belgium, Hungary and Sweden

 
 
Jirí Hlavácek, Czech Republic, addresses the side event (second from right).
 
 
 
Journalism Training for Major Groups, hosted by the Stakeholder Forum
 
This workshop aimed to provide a set of tools and techniques for communicating sustainable development and working with the media at both the national and international levels.
 
 
Richard Black, BBC Environment Correspondent (left photo), and Jean-Victor Nkolo, UN Department of Public Information with Michael Strauss, media consultant, and Emily Benson, Stakeholder Forum (right photo).
 
 
 

Press Conference with Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard

 
 
Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard, who will be presiding over the climate conference in Copenhagen in December.
 
 
Miscellaneous photos
 
 
 
 
 
 

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